Mid 50's next week - knocking on the door to spring now

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Stee6043, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    947
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I saw our west MI weather forecast this AM and felt hope for the first time since October.

    I also had a brief moment of panic this morning. It occurred to me that I haven't yet been out to my boat for it's annual hull clean/wax and I am running out of time to get that done. I store in a location that is only available during business hours, M-F, during the winter. It makes scheduling this annual event a bit more challenging.

    I hope all of you northerners are enjoying the off-season. I count 7 +/- more weekends until launch...
     
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  2. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    486
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    Good luck with that. We are looking at a high of 78 today and a high of 43 tomorrow. yep, looks like spring is around the corner for us for sure :p
     
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  3. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Just posted in another thread but we're all over the place on south shore of lake Ontario lately. 54 yesterday, 34 and snowing today, 65 on Tuesday. I'm going to get a few of the things I normally do in march done over the next couple weeks so I can get a jump start on polishing and waxing as soon as the cover comes off.

    I'll throw the drives back on next week, I have to gelcoat the bilge between the motors where I did a repair, put the exhaust back on both motors (took off for replacing remote oil filter hoses). They're quick jobs on their own but they'll add up, and I like to be one of the first in the water in the spring.
     
  4. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    718
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Launch day for me is March 28th!
     
  5. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    266
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp, 9.9 hp Mercury
    I'm showing 62 degrees Tuesday over here on the east side of the mitten. Getting itchy. .....
     
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  6. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    242
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    8.1
    Daylight savings is March 11th, that's a big mental hurdle for boating season
     
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  7. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Yep. 45 on Monday then two days of 55 and rain on Teus and Wed this week should get rid of the snow on the ground around Toronto area. Up north where the boat is it won't all melt, but it will give it a good start. Long range looks above freezing most days right into March when the warming up starts. Come on spring. Lets get on with it!
     
  8. KWB

    KWB New Member

    12
    Oct 11, 2017
    340 Sundancer 1987
    twin 454 mercruisers
    A friend of mine tells me that if i get everything done on the boat. that spring will be late. and if im behind than spring will come early. so i'm in the middle. so what does that mean?
     
  9. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    266
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp, 9.9 hp Mercury
    It means that we would all appreciate it if you could quit working on your boat. That way you would get way behind and Spring could get here extra early. .....;);)
     
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  10. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    947
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I managed to get mine waxed below the rubrail yesterday. I witnessed more trees than ice floating down the river. We'll need a few weeks to flush all the garbage down the river from all this rain. Been a crazy week...
     
  11. gdavis67

    gdavis67 Member

    65
    Mar 1, 2017
    Saugatuck, MI
    1990 390ec
    Twin 454 Mercruiser T 340 with Hurth drives
    All ice off of Kalamazoo Lake in Saugatuck this weekend and the river is clear. First boat of the season went in the slings on Friday! It was a work tug pusher so doesn't really count, but it's close. Marina neighbor is trying to get in next Monday. He lives on the boat as long as he can for the season. Usually in as soon as ice clears and out around December 15-20. I love it when he goes in as I know I am only a couple of weeks behind.
     
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  12. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    266
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp, 9.9 hp Mercury
    I went to the marina yesterday and we are still ice covered. There were still people ice fishing in the marina.
     
  13. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    947
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I flew over Lake Michigan yesterday, coming into Michigan just north of Holland, and there was nearly no ice to be found. A few floating chunks mid-lake and a bit by the beach but the ice is mostly long gone.

    We're getting closer now. March 2nd....the clock is ticking.
     
  14. THJeff

    THJeff Member SILVER Sponsor

    236
    Jan 4, 2012
    Rochester Hills, MI/Belle Maer Harbor/Club Island
    2000 410 Sundancer
    CAT 3126 Diesels
    6" here yesterday in about 10 hours...
     
  15. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Missed us in the Toronto area. Maybe 1 inch only and ground was warm enough that it melted mostly right away. Long range forecast looks "normal" though so the abnormally warm run seems to be over.
     
  16. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Yep, you were just north of it. Officially 18.4" in the town I live in just south of Buffalo. I've been putting off going out there to start cleaning up.
     
  17. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    When it comes to Buffalo vs Toronto weather, being north is quite often a good thing.
     
  18. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    crushed in rochester. We're up near the lake so about 8-10" and lots of drifting. South of us really got it
     
  19. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    947
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I was out in Grand Haven yesterday and saw my first boat of the year out on the water. It was a 19/20' open bow. Two guys out fishing.

    They were bundled up but I couldn't help but think they were a bit crazy. That water must still be in the mid-30's.
     
  20. play dough

    play dough Member

    177
    Aug 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Mint 1999 Minnie Winnie / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    115 Mercury Optimax
    Here's a couple of guys that might be rushing the open water season just a bit. Last Friday on Saginaw Bay.


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